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Jabberwocky

[jab-er-wok-ee] /ˈdʒæb ərˌwɒk i/
noun, plural Jabberwockies.
1.
a playful imitation of language consisting of invented, meaningless words; nonsense; gibberish.
2.
an example of writing or speech consisting of or containing meaningless words.
adjective
3.
consisting of or comparable to Jabberwocky; meaningless; senseless.
Also, Jabberwock
[jab-er-wok] /ˈdʒæb ərˌwɒk/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of Jabberwocky
coined by Lewis Carroll in Jabberwocky, poem in Through the Looking Glass (1871)
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Examples from the Web for jabberwock
Historical Examples
  • Says the shriek of the jabberwock beneath my window, 'The Hun is destroyed.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • Let's call the idol the jabberwock, and sing the jabberwock song as we go up.

    Cricket at the Seashore Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
  • This large cage is intended for the jabberwock—when we obtain him.

    The Librarian at Play Edmund Lester Pearson
  • You remember the musical setting I once made you for the Lay of the jabberwock?

  • "'Beware of the jabberwock that bites, my child,'" quoted Harvey.

    A Little Florida Lady

    Dorothy C. Paine
  • Steve had indeed, as Owen said, "laid the jabberwock low," when he discharged both barrels of his shotgun at once.

  • One by one all the children's small possessions lay before the jaws of the jabberwock.

    Cricket at the Seashore Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
  • The fire went springing up, licking the white bones of the jabberwock.

    Cricket at the Seashore Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
  • It was Mary's weekly task to embrace this horror, and the performance went by the name of 'kissing the jabberwock.'

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • We all must knuckle down to him after this as the great Nimrod; for he has just slain the jabberwock.

British Dictionary definitions for jabberwock

jabberwocky

/ˈdʒæbəˌwɒkɪ/
noun (pl) -wockies
1.
nonsense verse
Word Origin
C19: coined by Lewis Carroll as the title of a poem in Through the Looking Glass (1871)
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Word Origin and History for jabberwock

Jabberwocky

1872, nonsense word (perhaps based on jabber) coined by Lewis Carroll, for the poem of the same name, which he published in "Through the Looking-Glass." The poem is about a fabulous beast called the Jabberwock.

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